Here terroir determines all viticulture and cellar activities. The slopes, soil composition, hours of sunlight, cooling sea breezes, moderate Mediterranean climate and rainfall all play a crucial role in determining which cultivar is grown where.
Known for his charismatic personality, Martin joined Durbanville Hills in 1998 whilst the cellar was still under construction and since then has played a pivotal role in shaping the wines produced here.
Martin has won a number of trophies and medals for the wines he crafts at Durbanville Hills. He firmly believes the hills determine which wines are released under the Durbanville Hills label, underscoring his winemaking philosophy that wines are made in the vineyards. The result is a range of wines that perfectly captures the area’s varied and unique terroir.
Martin was attracted to winemaking whilst growing up in Worcester where he spent many a weekend on a farm, attentively watching vineyards coming into production and wine being produced at a small winery. He studied viticulture and wine-making and expanded his knowledge of winemaking under the tutelage of some of South Africa’s top winemakers of the time before taking on the challenge to establish Durbanville Hills Wines.
A passionate cook, for Martin it’s more important to match the wine with people than to the food. “I like to take people’s wine preferences into account so that I don’t force them to drink a varietal they don’t enjoy.”
For Kobus, iconic wines represent more than just quality. It’s the conversation that such a wine ignites long before it’s even made, with everyone waiting in anticipation of the final product. It’s the story of the unique properties of the vineyard, the handling of the grapes in the cellar and the special touch of the winemaker when crafting the final blend that intrigue him most.
Kobus is an exceptionally talented white winemaker who has won numerous trophies, gold and double gold medals at local and international wine competitions. He developed an early passion for winemaking during many weekends spent with friends on their parents’ wine farms.
Kobus joined Die Bergkelder team in 1990 and in 2002 was appointed as group winemaker for a range of internationally award-winning wines. He has served as a tasting panel member on the National Young Wine Show as well as the Wine and Spirits Board, and is a member of the Chenin Blanc Association and the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group.
Wilhelm’s path to making wine was rather unconventional. He originally studied analytical chemistry before joining Denel. The attraction of winemaking proved too strong, however, and he completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Stellenbosch, specialising in Oenology and Viticulture and. Wilhelm was appointed as cellar master and winemaker at Flagstone Winery in 2008 before joining Durbanville Hills in 2008.
Vineyards were the furthest thing from Ricardo Cloete’s life growing up in the remote rural hamlet of Steinkopf, where he was born. All that changed when he set off to embark on studies in the leafy town of Stellenbosch.
After completing a degree in cellar technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College, Ricardo was awarded an internship through the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild. The opportunity saw him undertake eight harvests at leading South African wineries and one in Burgundy, France.